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Dec 8, 2019, 8:30:00 AM

India vs West Indies: Permutations for Men in Blue to seal T20I series

Sportsbet.io discusses the situations that will crucially decide the fate of the second India vs West Indies T20I match at Thiruvananthapuram.

Bat first or second

The Greenland International Stadium has hosted just one T20I in history, with India claiming a six-run victory over New Zealand in a rain-marred eight-over game. As the 2017 fixture turned out to be a low-scoring affair on a slow-turning pitch, the second T20I between India and West Indies should see the Men in Blue opt to bowl first. The hosts have a 14-3 record while chasing and are aiming to better it when they take the field tonight.

Winning record when batting first or second

Team

India

Other teams

Bat first

1

-

Bat second

-

-

Average T20I score per innings

The first T20I saw India register their highest successful chase in the shortest format, 208 in 18.4 overs. Although both teams possess explosive batsmen on paper, the pitch conditions at the Greenland International Stadium might suit the bowlers. With some rain spells likely to take part, a low-scoring game is on the cards.

Average T20I score per innings

Team

India

Other teams

1st innings

67

-

2nd innings

-

61


Top Batsman

Virat Kohli played a stellar unbeaten knock of 94 runs in 50 balls (four boundaries and four sixes) to help the Men in Blue chase down their highest target in T20I cricket. The Indian skipper, in due course, became the second batsman to cross the 2500-run mark in cricket’s shortest format and is now aiming to become the first Indian to amass 1,000 T20I runs on home soil.  

Kieron Pollard, on the individual front, made a positive start to the India vs West Indies T20I series with a 19-ball 37. The Trinidadian put up a 71-run partnership with Shimron Hetmeyer (56 runs off 41 balls) for the fourth wicket, which proved decisive towards the Windies posting a commanding total of 207 for five. Pollard is ten runs way from 1000 runs in T20I cricket and must lead a strong comeback from the Caribbean Kings in the second T20I.

Top Batsmen

Player

Matches

Runs

Average

Virat Kohli

6

281

70.25

Kieron Pollard

7

202

40.40


Top Bowler
 

Considering the bowlers had a bad outing in the first India vs West Indies T20I, the second T20I will be an acid test for both the Indian and Windies bowling sector to juice out their best on a sluggish pitch in Thiruvananthapuram. Yuzvendra Chahal needs one wicket to become the leading wicket-taker in T20I cricket for India and is entrusted to script a formidable act against the Windies batsmen.

Sheldon Cottrell was the most economical bowler for Windies in the first T20I match, leaking just 24 runs in his four overs. His bowling strike-rate of 14.5 is second-best among Windies bowlers with 20-plus T20I wickets, and the Jamaican speedster is tipped to spell doom for the Indian batsmen, especially the top-order, in the second India vs West Indies T20I match.

Top Bowlers

Player

Matches

Wickets

Economy

Sheldon Cottrell

10

12

7.30

Yuzvendra Chahal

4

6

8.18

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Words: William Paul

Images: PA